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By: Dave Helgeson

Places to Ride: Foot Hills ORV Area Near Port Angeles, Washington

Road from gate to trailhead which ATVs are allowed on.
Road from gate to trailhead which ATVs are allowed on.

Nice open trail system for enjoyable riding.
Nice open trail system for enjoyable riding.

Easy trail climbing through the woods.
Easy trail climbing through the woods.

Your typical trail found at the Foot Hills ORV area.
Your typical trail found at the Foot Hills ORV area.
The Foot Hills ORV area near Port Angeles, Washington with only 6.5 miles of trail doesn’t qualify as a premier destination riding area, but with legal places to ride your ATV in Washington State few and far between, each and every area deserves mention. If you are in the area on business or pleasure, bring your ATV along and check it out. Riding is riding, and you need to take advantage of it whenever you can. The area offers intermediate trails that wind through 2nd and 3rd growth forest. The area offers great views of the Strait of Juan De Fuca and the famous sand spits at Sequim and Port Angeles. Trail junctions are well marked providing easy navigation. The area is suitable for novice riders and is open year around. Please note the area will not accommodate UTV/side by side ATVs as the trails are too narrow. A gate keeper at the entrance of DNR road PA-H-1000 keeps out all vehicles that are too wide for the trails.

A map of the riding area can be found at: ... pen_rt.pdf

Getting There:

Note: There are no street signs directing you to the ORV area.

From Highway 101 on the west outskirts of Port Angeles, turn on Pine Street and connect to the Old Black Diamond Road which crosses over Highway 101 on an overpass. Travel south on the Old Black Diamond Road for approximately 5 miles to the Little River Road. Turn left on the Little River Road and travel 1.1 miles up a steep dirt road to the unloading area at the bottom of DNR road PA-H-1000. Due to vandalism the trailhead road (DNR road PA-H-1000) is closed. Ride past the gate keeper on the left side of the gate to the official trailheads on your right.


There is no designated camping in the immediate unloading area. Nearby Olympic National Forest has numerous public campgrounds and private campgrounds are available in Port Angeles.


Fuel, groceries, lodging, and ATV dealers are located in Port Angeles.

Rules and Regulations:

  • All ATVs must be titled and registered, with owners receiving an Off-Road Vehicle use permit and ORV tag to place on their ATV.
  • ATVs shall not be operated between dusk and dawn without a lighted taillight and headlight.
  • No one under age 13 may operate an ATV on or across a highway or road except on a road designated for off-highway vehicle use under direct supervision of a person at least 18 who has a driver's license.
  • Rider must wear an approved helmet.

It is an infraction to:

  • Operate an ATV while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs
  • Operate an ATV in such a manner as to endanger human life
  • Hunt, run down, or harass any wildlife from an ORV
  • Carry, transport, or convey a loaded weapon in or upon any non-highway vehicle
  • Operate an ATV without an adequate braking device
  • Operate an ATV without an approved spark arrestor
  • Operate an ORV without an adequate muffling device
  • Operate an ORV on the shoulder, inside bank or slope of a highway

For More Information:

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
PO Box 4700
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98504-7000
Phone: (360) 902-1000
Web Site:

Regional office:

411 Tillicum Lane
Forks, WA 98331-9271
Phone: (360) 374-6131

Be safe, enjoy, and I hope to see you on the trails.

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